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Sept. 27, 2006

IWP Presents Oct. 13 Panel About Writers' Inspirations And Methods

University of Iowa International Writing Program participants Nukila Amal from Indonesia, Srijato Bandyopadhyay from India, Thomas Pletzinger from Germany and Choi Jung Lae from South Korea will share their sources of inspiration and discuss their writing processes in "Why I Write What I Write and How I Write It," a free panel discussion at noon Friday, Oct. 13, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

Amal's 2005 short story collection, "Laluba," was named Best Literary Work of the Year by Tempo magazine. Her novel "Cala Ibi" was shortlisted for the Khatulistiwa Literary Award and was hailed as "one of the pinnacles of Indonesian contemporary literature." She is the co-translator/editor of several anthologies of poetry in translation, and she serves on the Committee of Literature at the Jakarta Arts Council. She is at the IWP through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Pletzinger, who was inspired to become a writer through his interactions with former Iowa Writers' Workshop faculty member Gerald Stern, has worked and studied in Hamburg, Leipzig and New York. His stories and poems have appeared in magazines including BELLAtriste, EDIT and sprachgebunden. The short story "Bruck on the Floor Sings as Quietly as Monk Plays" won him the 2006 MDR-Literature-Prize. "A Dog's Funeral," his first novel, is scheduled for publication in 2007. He is in residency at the IWP through the support of the Max Kade Foundation.

Bandyopadhyay is among the most prolific of the new generation of Bengali-language poets, with eight poetry collections in print. He also edits the literary journal Jaruri Abastha (State of emergency). He participates courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

Choi has published four books of poetry, most notably "Tigers in the Sunlight," which received the Kimdaljin Literary Prize in 1999, and "Red Dry Field," which won the Isu Literary Prize in 2003. She has lectured on Korean modern poetry at Korea University and served as a research professor at Jeonju University. She participates courtesy of the Korean Literature Translation Institute.

The panel participants are among the 29 writers representing 22 countries in residence this fall at the IWP. Biographies of all the writers are accessible on the IWP website,

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